The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement on the Utah Medical Association statement on the Utah Marijuana Initiative, on April 10.

The initiative focuses on explaining the UMA’s view on the usage of medical marijuana in medical treatments.

“UMA is not concerned about recent surveys that seem to show support for the concept of medical marijuana,” according to UMA statement. “None of those surveys define what is meant by medical marijuana. The initiative is not medical. People assume that physicians would have some idea of how to prescribe or recommend it safely, for which diagnoses, and understand the contraindications, drug interactions and dosing guidelines for a plant that is wildly diverse and inconsistent in active ingredients. None of this is the case with what is being proposed in the Utah Initiative. Physicians cannot prescribe it at all.”

According to Mormon Newsroom, the First Presidency stated:

“We commend the Utah Medical Association for its statement of March 30, 2018, cautioning that the proposed Utah marijuana initiative would compromise the health and safety of Utah communities. We respect the wise counsel of the medical doctors of Utah.

“The public interest is best served when all new drugs designed to relieve suffering and illness and the procedures by which they are made available to the public undergo the scrutiny of medical scientists and official approval bodies.”

For more information visit Mormonnewsroom.org and Utahmed.org.